Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma

Diploma
TYPE:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Fall 2024
DELIVERY:
  • In Class
Application Deadlines
March 31st is the application and document deadline for consideration for this program.
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

Are you looking for a rewarding career in the health care sector? Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer by enrolling in this 2-year program today.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a type of imaging that uses high frequency sound waves, more commonly known as ultrasound, to produce images of the body. 

Sonographers are an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team and are in high demand across the country and internationally. Sonographic images are used by physicians to diagnose and treat various diseases and conditions.

Careers

Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you will be qualified to work in a variety of health care settings. Once accredited status is granted, you will be able to write the Sonography Canada credentialing examinations for Generalist and Cardiac Sonography streams to become a qualified registered sonographer. Common job titles include:

  • Echocardiographer, adult/ pediatric
  • RDMS (reg. diagnostic medical sonographer)
  • Sonographer, cardiac
  • Technologist, diagnostic ultrasound
  • Technologist, echocardiography
  • Technologist, registered- ultrasound

What you will learn

The accredited 24-month full time program will prepare you to become competent in producing high quality images of multiple body parts and systems including the heart, abdomen, pelvis, blood vessels and obstetrics/Gynecologic.

Training is a combination of classes at the College of New Caledonia’s Prince George campus as well as hands on learning in a variety of hospitals and clinics. The CNC curriculum is mapped to the Sonography Canada National Competency Profile.

Upon successful completion of the CNC Sonography program, you will:

  • Perform accurate diagnostic ultrasound examinations in a caring and safe manner, demonstrating cultural competency and awareness
  • Display and employ critical thinking and assimilation of theory in the execution of required tasks
  • Interact effectively with interdisciplinary team members to attain common health care goals
  • Practice sonography in a responsible and ethical manner
  • Observe and follow the Sonography Code of ethics and Professional Conduct, as laid out in the Professional Practice Guidelines and Member Policies (evidence 1.1.1), at all times.

The Sonography program is primarily focused on preparing its students to be competent and committed medical professionals, who have a clear understanding of their role within the health professions arena. Guided by the Canadian National Competency Profile for the sonography profession, didactic and laboratory instruction is designed and executed with the sole intention of producing competent and proficient Sonographers. The program is Accredited by EQual Canada.

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Courses

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a type of imaging that uses high frequency sound waves, more commonly known as ultrasound, to produce images of the body. Sonographic images are used by physicians to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions. Sonographers are an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team and are in high demand across the country and internationally. The 24-month full time program will prepare students to become competent in producing quality images which include the heart, abdomen, pelvis, blood vessels and obstetrical ultrasounds. Training is a combination of classes at the College of New Caledonia's Prince George campus as well as hands on learning in a variety of hospitals and clinics. Upon graduating from CNC's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, students will be able to write the Sonography Canada credentialing examinations for Generalist and Cardiac Sonography streams. Once accredited, students will be able to work in a variety of health care settings.

Term 1

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
SONO-100 General Sonography I 3 15 weeks
SONO-105 Women's Sonography I 3 15 weeks
SONO-103 Cardiac Sonography I 3 15 weeks
SONO-107 Patient Care for Sonography 3 15 weeks
SONO-109 Relational Practice I 3 15 weeks
BIO-170 Anatomy and Physiology - SONO 3 15 weeks
PHYS-170 Physics for Sonography I 3 15 weeks

Sonography: Term 2

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
SONO-129 Relational Practice II 3 15 weeks
SONO-120 General Sonography II 3 15 weeks
SONO-125 Women's Sonography II 3 15 weeks
SONO-123 Cardiac Sonography II 3 15 weeks
SONO-131 Vascular Sonography I 2 15 weeks
PHYS-173 Physics for Sonography II 3 15 weeks

Sonography: Term 3

    
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
SONO-145 Pathophysiology for Sonography 3 12 weeks
SONO-135 Sonography Clinical I 4 12 weeks
SONO-133 Clinical Orientation 3 2 weeks

Sonography: Term 4

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
PHYS-175 Physics for Sonography III 2 13 weeks
SONO-231 Vascular Sonography II 2 13 weeks
SONO-233 Cardiac Sonography III 3 13 weeks
SONO-237 Women's Sonography III 3 13 weeks
SONO-230 General Sonography III 3 13 weeks

Sonography: Term 5

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
SONO-236 Professional Development 2 2 weeks
SONO-235 Sonography Clinical II 7 13 weeks

Sonography: Term 6

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
SONO-250 Sonography Clinical IV 5 10 weeks
SONO-245 Sonography Clinical III 5 10 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

START DATE CAMPUS DELIVERY LENGTH
Fall 2024 Prince George In Class 2 years

Entry Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • The following courses, completed with no grade lower than a “B”:
    • Anatomy and Physiology 12, or Biology 12, or BIO 050, or equivalent
    • English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or ENGL 050, or ENGL 051, or equivalent
    • Foundations of Math 12, or equivalent
    • Physics 12, or PHYS 050, or equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency requirements. Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the English requirements and provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of 88 with no section below 20, within the last two years; OR
    • International English Language Testing System- Academic (IELTS Academic) score of 6.5 overall with no band below 6.0, taken within the last two years; OR 
    • Successful completion of six credits of post-secondary English studies at a recognized college or university in an English-speaking county.

Need help meeting these requirements. Check out our Academic Upgrading options. 

Fill out an Application Package

This program requires an application package as part of the application process. Download the file and submit it with your application.

SONO Application Package 2024F 

Selection Process

As there are limited seats available, applicants meeting admission requirements are ranked for acceptance according to their competitive entry selection score.

Maximum points 100

Required documents to be submitted for competitive selection:

  • Critical Analysis of Program Readiness Essay
  • Proof of BC/Yukon/NWT residence – if applicable

Cumulative grade point average of the required Anatomy and Physiology, English, Mathematics, and Physics courses.

Up to 15 points

 GPA/Grade Weighting 
A 15 points
A- 10 points
B+ 5 points
B 3 points

 

Post-secondary education

Up to 20 points

  • Successful completion of 60 credits or more at post-secondary with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in a health-sciences related program (20 points) OR
  • Successful completion of 30 credits or more at post-secondary with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in a health-sciences related program (15 points) OR
  • Successful completion of 60 credits or more at post-secondary with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in a non-health-sciences program (10 points) OR
  • Successful completion of 30 credits or more at post-secondary with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in a non-health-sciences program (5 points)

Resident of:

Up to 20 points

  • BC/Yukon/NWT (10 points) OR
  • Northern Health Authority (20 points)

Critical Analysis of Program Readiness Essay

Up to 45 pts

It is important for applicants to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program to have a clear understanding of the admission requirements for this 2 consecutive year educational program, as well as the duties and responsibilities of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. In order to gain a thorough understanding of the DMS profession, you should fully investigate this career choice. You may conduct your research of the profession by conversing with people in the profession, attending DMS information activities put on by College of New Caledonia or other institutions, and searching the internet. This research will help you to determine your readiness to enter the DMS program. You will be required to complete a critical analysis of program readiness essay based on the instructions.

Applicants must submit the entry selection documents by the deadline to be included in the competitive entry selection process.

Applicants not offered a seat are placed on a waitlist and will be contacted if a seat comes available.

Self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants meeting the admission requirements will be given priority for 20% of seats in the program until the institutionally recognized release date. If there are more qualified Aboriginal applicants than seats at the priority deadline, these qualified applicants will be ranked accordingly.

Program Requirements

Completed program information package must be submitted by the date indicated in the package. Incomplete certifications and documentation will prevent students from entering clinical practice placements. Clinical hours are required for graduation. All certifications must remain valid throughout the program.

  • Successful completion of SONO 101: Medical Terminology for Sonography.
  • Proof of immunization status as outlined by the BC Centre for Disease Control and as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines BC Immunization. See Practice Education Guidelines.
  • Influenza prevention policy – provincially mandated through the BC Centre for Disease Control. This policy states that anyone working in patient care areas must either be vaccinated yearly or wear a mask for the duration of the influenza season. Information will be provided to students as it becomes available.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Level C, or Basic Life Support (BLS). CPR online courses must include face-to-face practice components.
  • FIT tested for a N95 respirator.
  • Criminal Record Check (RCMP criminal record checks are not accepted)

Students must complete a provincial Schedule B criminal record search because there is a practicum component involving work with vulnerable people. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent students from registering for practicum. To graduate from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, each practicum must be successfully completed.

Note 1: All costs associated with certifications, courses and/or documentation requirements are the student’s responsibility.

Note 2: May be required to travel for practicum placements.

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Please check the fee schedule for up-to-date information.

These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.


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